What is adipose?
Adipose is fat tissue. It usually refers to the specialized connective tissue made up mainly of fat cells. This tissue lies below the skin and is yellow in color. This tissue stores fat in the form of triglycerides. Adipose serves three functions:
- It serves to insulate the body.
- It provides a cushion for the body, as it surrounds important organs.
- It provides a source of energy for the body.
Adipose also serves an important endocrine function by producing hormones. One of the hormones created by adipose is leptin. Leptin helps with the regulation of appetite and metabolism.
Adipose is generally comprised of "fat" cells (adipocytes) and makes up the yellow layer of fat that is underneath the skin. It is also found around some organs in the body and its purpose here is as a protective padding. It's main goal is to store energy in the form of fat. It also acts as insulation for our bodies and cushions our bodies as well. It also stores some nutrients.
There are two types of adipose tissue in mammals, white adipose tissue and brown adipose tissue.
Obesity is not dependent on body weight, but on the amount of body fat-specifically adipose tissue.